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Is the picture in the link the actual item that was reported as a "grenade"? A large bison with "Official Geocache" stamped onto it doesn't resemble any grenade I've ever seen on television or in movies. And I'm pretty sure grenades aren't painted in camo colors.

 

If that picture was the actual item that was found and reported, then it would seem that the reporting party overreacted a bit.

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This just in:

 

Buhl, Idaho: http://magicvalley.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/update-buhl-bomb-was-geocache-police-say/article_bb86d640-d03f-5000-b5de-0e8e03945e96.html

 

In part (bolding mine):

 

"While finding a geocache can often be challenging or adventurous, a Buhl city crew stumbled upon the geocache by accident about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday while grading a parking lot on the south side of Sawtooth Avenue, Stewart said. They reported it to police because it looked like a pipe bomb.It looked so realistic,” said Buhl Police Sgt. Bill Deetz.

 

The area where the pipe was found was on school property but far away from buildings, and there was never any threat to students, Stewart said."

 

The cache in question was easy to find: http://coord.info/GC2T1KJ

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The area where the pipe was found was on school property but far away from buildings, and there was never any threat to students, Stewart said."

 

The cache in question was easy to find: http://coord.info/GC2T1KJ

Thanks for the link, knowschad.

 

Studying that cache and its archived pre-publication reviewer notes, it's easy to tell that the cache was in a park that adjoins the school campus, called "Buhl North Park." If you open the Google maps link and use street view, you will see the park's entrance sign. That's where the cache was hidden.

 

I was very happy to see an extensive pre-publication dialogue between the reviewer and the cache owner about caches "near" school property. The reviewer even linked to other examples where caches at or near schools have led to bomb squad callouts. I guess he has another example for his form letter. In any event the cache owner was comfortable proceeding with publication and said they chose an area far away from where children might be playing or congregating.

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The area where the pipe was found was on school property but far away from buildings, and there was never any threat to students, Stewart said."

 

The cache in question was easy to find: http://coord.info/GC2T1KJ

Thanks for the link, knowschad.

 

Studying that cache and its archived pre-publication reviewer notes, it's easy to tell that the cache was in a park that adjoins the school campus, called "Buhl North Park." If you open the Google maps link and use street view, you will see the park's entrance sign. That's where the cache was hidden.

 

I was very happy to see an extensive pre-publication dialogue between the reviewer and the cache owner about caches "near" school property. The reviewer even linked to other examples where caches at or near schools have led to bomb squad callouts. I guess he has another example for his form letter. In any event the cache owner was comfortable proceeding with publication and said they chose an area far away from where children might be playing or congregating.

 

I thought it was a good attitude of the police department:

 

“Great practice for Twin Falls bomb squad and a safe ending for all,” Stewart said.

 

I was sorry to see that there were no photographs in the gallery that might have showed what the container looked like.

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I was also hoping for a spoiler photo, or at least a description of the container in an archived reviewer note.

 

We've seen several examples over the years where the police report says "looks like a pipe bomb" and the cache is a matchstick holder or something else other than a capped PVC pipe.

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Looks like a pipe bomb to me especially if the geocaching sticker was facing the backside and the cache was not hidden out of sight. I think that's a risk you take placing a cache in a well traveled urban area. Perhaps the CO should have used Hello Kitty stickers on the cache instead of army camo.

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Looks like a pipe bomb to me especially if the geocaching sticker was facing the backside and the cache was not hidden out of sight. I think that's a risk you take placing a cache in a well traveled urban area. Perhaps the CO should have used Hello Kitty stickers on the cache instead of army camo.

You have seen it? Did you find the cache, or have you seen pictures?

 

I agree with Keystone that I have also seen "pipe bomb" caches that sure didn't look much like a pipe bomb to my understanding of what a pipe bomb should look like. In fact, I was LTF on one cache that got blown up. It was a pill bottle hung from a tree by a piece of bailing wire. It was reported that it looked like it had a fuse.

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Looks like a pipe bomb to me especially if the geocaching sticker was facing the backside and the cache was not hidden out of sight. I think that's a risk you take placing a cache in a well traveled urban area. Perhaps the CO should have used Hello Kitty stickers on the cache instead of army camo.

Where did you find a photo of the Idaho geocache?

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There are two different caches being discussed in this thread. A large bison described by a paranoid muggle as a "grenade" and an unknown container described as a "pipe bomb." I think TahoeJoe is confusing the two.

I was referring to Basildon park put on lockdown after dog walker finds toy grenade and calls police. The camo and string coming out of the top of the cache makes it look questionable. If it were my cache I would have picked a more discrete container.

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There are two different caches being discussed in this thread. A large bison described by a paranoid muggle as a "grenade" and an unknown container described as a "pipe bomb." I think TahoeJoe is confusing the two.

I was referring to Basildon park put on lockdown after dog walker finds toy grenade and calls police. The camo and string coming out of the top of the cache makes it look questionable. If it were my cache I would have picked a more discrete container.

 

Ooooh! I apologize... I bumped a thread from February to host my new bomb scare story. You were responding to an older post. Sorry about the confusion.

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